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Elementary School | First, Second, & Third Grade

Experiencing first, second, and third grades in Ashburn and Chantilly, VA at BeanTree is truly special!

Our private elementary school teachers that are professional, degreed, and experienced. They understand that not all children learn the same way or at the same pace. We provide small class sizes and ample materials and supplies, allowing our teachers the time and flexibility to create lesson plans that are not "one-size fits all." Teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the learning styles of every student, thereby providing tailored lessons to teach your child in the manner that they learn best. This allows your student the ability to grow and learn at their own pace and style, maximizing their fullest learning potential.

Our AdvancEd accredited curriculum is structured with a balance between teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. We provide a well-rounded private elementary program that includes reading, writing, math, science, STEAM, social studies, and physical education, as well as fully integrated activities in character development, foreign language, art, music, and technology. We provide authentic assessments to give your child an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned in multi-faceted ways, instead of administering rigid standardized tests.

As a BeanTree Graduate, your child will continue on in their educational career as a well prepared and confident student, ready to tackle their next academic adventure!

Program Overview

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Immersive and Interactive Learning
Unlike many larger independent elementary school programs where children may only have music and art class once a week and/or they are not offered a foreign language, your student will attend specialty classes multiple times a week. Throughout the school year, your child will take part in educational activities like a Living Museum, participating in a Science Fairs, and they will experience several exciting field trips that are planned to enhance and build upon what they are learning in the classroom. Reading and hearing about Native Americans is great - but to actually be able to see real artifacts and explore primary and secondary sources will help your child truly learn it.

We believe in the value and importance of reading. We instill a love of reading as we go on adventures, explore new lands, and learn interesting facts about people and places as we read many genres of literature throughout the year. We encourage our students to read daily at home. Other homework may be assigned each week, as homework allows you the opportunity to work with your child on developing skills, as well as keeps you informed of what is being focused on in class. Projects are also assigned throughout the year that get the whole family involved!

Portfolios and Record Keeping
Your child will have a working portfolio which contains their work. Things you can expect to find in your child's portfolio includes running records, formal assessments that have been completed, handwriting samples, writing samples, and math work. You may view your child’s portfolio at any time. It is these items, along with the teacher's records that form the basis for evaluation and periodic report cards.

You will receive a newsletter each Friday to keep you up-to-date on events, projects, and upcoming plans, along with ideas you can use to review and/or extend the week’s lessons at home.

Parental Involvement
Your involvement is key to your child’s learning and success! Therefore, parents are welcomed and encouraged to get involved through opportunities such as cooking, language experience, chaperoning and more that are available throughout the year.

Curriculum Summary


Our reading block develops listening, speaking, reading, comprehension, and writing skills.

Using a primarily phonics based approach, your child will begin with meaningful, well-written materials to learn reading strategies. They will continue to increase their knowledge of the written language through reading, listening, discussing, and appreciating good literature. Your child will also expand their comprehension of words and language structure.

As your student progresses, they will be introduced to a variety of literature including poetry, biographies, and nonfiction texts. They will begin building their communication skills by presenting brief oral reports using visual media.

We pride ourselves in providing each student with exactly what they need. Some children excel in reading and will be working three to four levels above grade level, while others have strengths in different areas of learning and are reading at grade level. No matter where your child is in their reading abilities, we will ensure they are being challenged, yet still fostering a love for reading.


Your child will develop their writing through the use of the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum. They are required to write in all subject areas for example - documenting observations and conclusions during science experiments, writing a response to something they read, creating books about famous Americans, or writing story problems for their friends to solve, and so much more!

As your student moves up in grade, they will draw upon the skills they've learned and use them on progressively complex tasks such as writing a short report by gathering and using information about a specific topic from print and electronic sources. They will continue to develop their skills as a writer as they focus on writing for the intended audience, writing a well developed paragraph, using strategies to organize information, and including details that elaborate on a specific topic. They will also focus on the editing process and ensuring their work includes correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling, and also begin learning to write in cursive.


Our math program is built on providing students with real, everyday problems to solve. Your child won't be working their way through a workbook, but rather measuring a shelf to make sure there is enough space for a new toy, deciding how many items off of a menu they can purchase with a given amount of money, and graphing results from a survey they conducted with neighboring classrooms.

Instructional decisions are based upon the students' needs. While some will be working on grade level topics, others will be embracing one or two grade levels above.


Your child's science curriculum is designed to expand experiences in the natural world. Science lessons rely heavily on hands‐on experiments. They are challenged to use critical thinking skills and problem solving as they learn about the world around them through the use of a STEAM based curriculum. Your child will enjoy varied outdoor nature studies that reinforce their understanding of the physical world around them.

Simple and compound machines will be explored as well as examining the behavioral and physical adaptations of animals. They will research the aquatic and terrestrial food chains and learn about the phases of the moon. An investigation of soil to reveal its major components will also be a part of their hands-on investigations.

Social Studies

In Social Studies, your student will use artifacts and primary and secondary resources to explore the past as they study the heritage of American Indians, past and present. Map skills will continue to be enhanced as they compare the environment of each American Indian culture. Individual Americans and their contributions to the citizenship of America will also explored as well as economics. Valuable character traits that contribute to good citizenship are emphasized as well.

Your child will explore the heritage and contributions of the peoples of ancient China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the West African empire of Mali. They will continue developing their map skills and demonstrate an understanding of basic economic and civics concepts. They will go back in time as they examine the social, cultural, and political characteristics of major ancient world cultures. They will discover the similarities between ancient cultures and our modern governments, customs, traditions, and perspectives

Physical Education

Physical Education develops both basic movement and sports skills. Physical activities incorporating gross motor skills, games, gymnastics, and expressive movement promote coordination, physical fitness, group/team interaction, and self-awareness. Your child will direct their energy toward becoming confident with movement and coordination and learn lessons about the importance of proper nutrition to lifetime fitness and well‐being.


In art, your child's perception and understanding of the world in which they live will be encouraged. Art experiences will help develop motor skills through painting, sculpting, drawing, folding, cutting, and modeling. They will learn about their artistic heritage through exposure to various works of art and artistic traditions in different cultures and times.

As they progress your child will begin to make connections between art and history, including architecture and culture. They will be exposed to a variety of works and mediums, and they will start to express their own thoughts on artistic value and quality. They will also learn the artistic process of idea generation, problem solving, and self-assessment.


The Spanish curriculum is centered on the communicative approach to learning languages. The curriculum strives to instill an appreciation and enthusiasm for the study of language and culture in your child. Your child will learn to hear and reproduce various phonemes; give salutations and make very simple conversation; be familiar with colors, numbers, shapes, and other specific categories; describe themselves and other people; and express basic emotions and physical needs. As your student progresses into second grade, they will be introduced to written vocabulary and sentence structure.


Computer skills are taught at regularly scheduled times in the Tech Hub as well as in the classroom. Technology is integrated across the curricular areas of language arts, social studies, science, and math through a variety of software programs. Keyboard skills are taught and the Internet is used for research and online projects.

Our Tech Hub is also the home of our STEAM curriculum. Your child will engage in projects that incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and math, and they will learn basic coding skills using simple robots.

Each year, your child will continue to build on the computer skills they have learned as the concepts become more advanced.


Music enriches and delights children. Your child can discover the joy and satisfaction of music‐making through singing, creating, moving, listening, and performing. Experiences such as these provide the foundation for life‐long musical learning, understanding, and appreciation. In first grade your child will learn graphic notation and how it is used to prepare for reading and writing music. Your child will be exposed to many genres of music and a variety of musical instruments and music technologies. Social and creative development is enhanced as your child will experience the joy in making music individually and as part of a group.

Students will learn graphic notation and it's use to show expression. Your child will create simple critiques and analysis from music that spans the globe and time. They will expand their knowledge of music culture and the aesthetics of music history, through the use of many genres of music and a variety of musical instruments and music technologies.